I’m really, really excited about this post! I know I should be saying that in regards to a post about pizza and not beets, BUT NO GUYS REALLY! This salad is off the charts.
First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate how fabulous beets look.
When I reached for these in the produce section, I couldn’t wipe the goofy grin from my face.
A lot of people seem curious on how to prepare beets for roasting. Some have asked about the skin, and some have claimed that they’ve never had success when roasting beets. I guess a lot of things could factor into that. All I can really say is that what I did yesterday worked, and if you’ve ever failed and are willing to give it another go, now is the time.
After cutting the stem and roots from the beets, give the beets a good scrub to get rid of lingering dirt.
Lay your beets down on a sheet of tinfoil, and drizzle them with some olive oil, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
Take another sheet of tinfoil, equal in size, and place it over the beets. Roll the ends/edges to seal the beets in; trapping the steam is important, as it helps your beets retain moisture and come out nice and tender in the end.
That’s it. That’s all it takes for deliciously roasted beets.
To accompany the beets, I chose spinach (you can use any mesculin greens), toasted almonds (who doesn’t love crunchy nuts in their salad?), julienned pear slices (don’t have a pear? Grab an apple!), finely chopped red onion, and some goat cheese.
For my dressing, I whipped up a pretty generic vinaigrette:
I didn’t have any red wine vinegar, so I used part cider vinegar and part red wine to concoct my own. I also used Dijon mustard; I feel like Dijon mustard is a staple in dressings. It just adds that perfect level of tangy-ness that every dressing needs. To sweeten things up I used honey in place of sugar, a pinch of sea salt, and olive oil.
Instead of drizzling the entire salad with dressing, I simply tossed the beets in the dressing and then added them to the plate. There are so many wonderful flavours happening that the entire salad doesn’t need to be dressed.